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I desire to express my appreciation and gratitude for what Christian Science has done for me and is doing today. About four years ago I took up the study of Science and Health and followed its teachings for one year with varied experiences. I studied the Lesson-Sermons, and went to the services Wednesdays and Sundays. During that year I had many physical ailments, and in each and all cases when I asked for help I always received it; but soon some other ailment would appear.

I became discouraged and decided that while Christian Science was a good thing for some, it was not of any use to me, and that I would discontinue the reading and my attendance at church. I arrived at this conclusion at a Wednesday evening meeting. At that meeting two testimonies were given with which I disagreed. The first was to the effect that when a person conscientiously investigates Christian Science, he rarely if ever gives it up. The other testimony expressed thankfulness for the physical healing, but much more for the spiritual uplift. I disagreed with this for the reason that I was only looking for freedom from all my aches and pains and I did not realize what was meant when the term "spiritual uplift" was used; so I discontinued my reading and attending church, and put away all my Christian Science literature.

Soon after this I developed a case of bronchial asthma (I had had some bronchial trouble for many years). I was examined by three physicians, two of whom I had known for years, and the diagnosis of each was as above stated. I doctored with them for three months, working daytimes and sitting by an open window at night in order to get air enough to breathe. How I dreaded to see the long night come on. Yet there never was a time when I did not know that God would heal me, if I asked in the right way; but I had my own opinion as to how this healing was to be done, and I did not want to give in. I was willing to compromise on some few things, without acknowledging God as All-in-all or as a God who is Love.

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Testimony of Healing
For many months I have longed to express to the field...
March 16, 1912

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